The Eagle of the 12th Legion is the eagle standard that was given to the Twelfth Legion, supposedly by Jupiter himself, and is the symbol of Camp Jupiter. Julius Caesar nicknamed the Legion "Fulminata," meaning "armed with lightning," because of the Eagle's incredible power.
The Eagle was given to the 12th Legion by Jupiter, who imbued it with massive power.
The Eagle was first lost during the Jewish rebellion (aproximately 70 A.D.) and its loss was a massive disgrace. Fortunately, it was recovered later on.
The Eagle was lost a second time when in the 1980's when the senior Praetor of the Twelfth at the time, Michael Varus of the Fifth Cohort, ignored the advice of his augur and lead an expedition into Alaska, thinking to complete The Prophecy of Seven. He lead the Fifth Cohort to Alaska where they encountered Alcyoneus, the resulting conflict ended with the virtual destruction of the Cohort and Alcyoneus seizing the Eagle. At some point he placed the Eagle on the Hubbard Glacier to be guarded by the undead legionaries there. Due to this loss the Fifth Cohort was disgraced and became the unpopular Cohort in the Legion. The Fifth Cohort was also said to have bad luck tied in with the loss of the Eagle.
The eagle was kept in the ice covered imitation of Camp Jupiter on top of the Hubbard Glacier where Thanatos was being held. During the battle after being ambushed by the shades of the long-lost legionaires, Percy, protected by his hurricane, seized the standard and used it to keep the ghosts from attacking Frank, who was releasing Thanatos. Percy also held it in his other hand as he destroyed part of the glacier the camp was on. When Hazel Levesque and Frank Zhang return, they find Percy leaning on the staff with the golden eagle on top.
During the battle on The Field of Mars, Percy Jackson uses the power of the Eagle to destroy hundreds of monsters in the center of Polybotes' army, before it was handed to Dakota. After the battle, it was temporarily placed behind the Praetor's table in the mess hall. It was presumably restored to it's normal place in the principia.
- Each Legion of the Roman Empire was given a symbol which were imbued with the powers of different gods. The Romans would sacrifice their lives to protect these symbols and some were melted down or destroyed. Only the Twelfth Legion's Eagle has been seen in the series because they are the only remaining legion.
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